Thursday, January 8th 2009

Phenom II X4 Reviewed

With the official launch of the AMD Dragon platform, AMD lifed whatever NDA restrictions it had over the media to publish reviews of its Phenom II X4 processor, letting proper and final reviews make to the internet. Several tech-enthusiast websites have taken the opportunity. Reviewers put the Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition to test.

The Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition is AMD's flagship desktop CPU. With four processing cores clocked at 3.00 GHz, it embeds 2 MB L2 and 6 MB of L3 cache. Based on the AM2+ socket, it supports the DDR2-1066 standard. This processor is especially overclocker friendly with its unlocked FSB multiplier and the overall positive response from the reviewers on its overclocking headroom. Here are some of the reviews at:

bit-tech | Elite Bastards | ExtremeTech | [H] Enthusiast | Hexus | HotHardware | NeoSeeker | TechReport | TweakTown | The Guru of 3D | Tom's Hardware
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65 Comments on Phenom II X4 Reviewed

#1
KBD
i think the anadtech article was quite good, lots of interesting info as opposed to [H] running a few benchies and saying Phenom 2 sux.
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#2
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
KBD said:
i think the anadtech article was quite good, lots of interesting info as opposed to [H] running a few benchies and saying Phenom 2 sux.
anandtech rocks, I love that website but I don't bother posting on the forum because i don't want to cheat on tpu, I love her dearly :rolleyes:
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#3
KBD
DrPepper said:
anandtech rocks, I love that website but I don't bother posting on the forum because i don't want to cheat on tpu, I love her dearly :rolleyes:
i hardly ever post there either but enjoy their reviews very much.
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#4
TheGuruStud
What? Anand is the new tom's hardware.
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#5
ThorAxe
Rebo&Zooty said:
yeah, you also gotta remmber amd and intel react diffrently to clocks vs timings and balancing them.
amd chips like lower latancys, IF you can up the clocks and keep latancys down, your gonna get the best from both, but if the ram just cant take the clocks but can deal with decent clocks at good latancys amd will be FINE.
Totally agee. My old Athlon X4 platforms preferred lower timings
Rebo&Zooty said:
just a question, was your test on vista or xp? and was it x64?
It was in both but that was just Crysis testing, VRam will also make a big difference. However, Vista X64 is much snappier with 4GB+ when multi-tasking.
Rebo&Zooty said:
and also seen weird results from memory deviders when overclocking causing WEIRD perf effects, some cases droping fsb a small ammount and chainging the devider gives better perf then higher cpu clock with slitly lower ram clock OR in a WEIRD instance, lower ram clock (about 40mhz) was faster........cant explain it but its best to bench like priced platforms if you ask me.
Yep FSB straps will change the internal MB timings causing memory perfromance drops at higher FSBs on the 680i boards. I have seen much better Everest Read performance on certain FSBs.
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#6
$ReaPeR$
in my opinion the PII is like the 38xx series. just the middle ground before the 48xx so i think we should wait and see whats next
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#7
Rebo&Zooty
Oh also take not the Hard review uses the qx6770 that has 12mb l2 saying that any intel chip including the q9400 can match that easly with overclocking, One HUGE flaw in this, the q9400 has 6mb l2, so at 3.2gz it WILL NOT MATCH THE q9770 at 3.2!!!!!!

for intel chips L2 is a CRITICAL feature, specly for the 775 chips where the memory controler/latancy is FAR worse then amd's.
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#8
adrianx
soon on techpowerup one review with phenom II ?
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#9
mdm-adph
adrianx said:
soon on techpowerup one review with phenom II ?
Don't know, wiz and them are kinda occupied at the moment, in one way or another. :laugh:
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#10
Paulieg
The Mad Moderator
mdm-adph said:
Don't know, wiz and them are kinda occupied at the moment, in one way or another. :laugh:
Yup, Wiz is at CES.
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#11
mdm-adph
Paulieg said:
Yup, Wiz is at CES.
Which is in Las Vegas. Lots of distractions there, what with Bette Midler and everything.
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#12
Steevo
He is makin it rain in da club hoping to go back to his room with some trim under each arm. Layin down stacks like it don't mean nothin. Gonna peal her out her jeans and eat it like a tangarine, she has got a ass big enough to swallow up her G string, but he wants her to come and put it on him like a bee sting. Cause you know he might roll with two or three.


Or he is getting geeked out.
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#13
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$ReaPeR$ said:
in my opinion the PII is like the 38xx series. just the middle ground before the 48xx so i think we should wait and see whats next
I also think so !

Now wouldn't that be awesome, get in the game first, then take the enemy out ! :nutkick:
#14
adrianx
I know ... wiz and the rest are at CES ... for girls :)


lol :)
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